California University of Pennsylvania's Master of Science in Athletic Training degree
program is a 63-credit curriculum that takes a hands-on, multifaceted approach to
preparing students for certification. Graduate students in this hybrid master's degree
program take some courses on Cal U's campus, including clinical skills labs and two
cadaver anatomy dissection courses, examination, and therapeutic intervention courses
and one semester, students take courses online while engaging in a clinical practicum.
Additionally, in the second summer semester students are engaged in an off-campus
clinical immersion experience.
Students develop an advance skillset in the areas of:
- casting and splinting
- advanced manual therapy techniques
- alternative therapies
The following are the three routes to admission:
Traditional 2-year, post-baccalaureate degree
A student who has already completed a bachelor’s degree and meets the requirements
for graduate application. Students can have earned any undergraduate degree, however
a discipline related to the health science field is strongly encouraged as they are
more likely to fulfill the prerequisites for the MSAT Program.
Early Entry (3+2, internal applicants)
Internal students will major in Pre-Athletic Training and complete undergraduate prerequisite
courswork. During their final undergraduate term, spring semester-year 3, student
will apply to the MSAT Program.
Early Admission Assurance
Pre-Athletic Training Students can apply for Admission Assurance during the spring
semester of their first or second year. This admission guarantees the student a spot
in the MSAT Program pending meeting certain academic requirements. To be considered
for the Early Admission Assurance Program, student must be admitted into CalU, pursuing
an undergraduate degree and meet the following criteria:
· Cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
· 1100 SAT or 22 ACT scores
· Declare pre-athletic training as their major by March, year 1
Once admitted to the Early Admission Assurance program, students must meet with following
academic standards and requirements to keep the guaranteed status into the MSAT program.
· Maintain cumulative GPA 3.25
· Earn ‘B-‘ or better in program prerequisite courses
Students who maintain these qualifications will also get first preference in their
initial clinical rotation.
In the spring of their 3rd year, students will need to submit all other program application materials to complete
the application process.
- A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
- A combined 3.00 GPA or better in all prerequisite coursework and earn a C+ or better
in each prerequisite course
- Biology, Chemistry, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Health,
Kinesiology/Biomechanics, Nutrition, Psychology, Statistics, and Physics
- Earned a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits
- Official transcripts from an accredited institution
- Submit two letters of recommendation
- Submit proof of immunization
- Complete a minimum of 30 clinical observations hours, across three different rotations
- Provide verification of CPR/AED certification
- Signed Technical Standards form
- Hepatitis B Waiver form
- Act 34 Clearance (Pa. Criminal History)
- Act 114 Clearance (Federal Criminal History/ FBI fingerprinting background check)
- Act 151 Clearance (Child Abuse)
Applicants must meet the admissions criteria (or be currently enrolled in the remaining
*Applicants interested in our program only have to complete the ATCAS application.
You DO NOT need to complete a separate application Cal U. However, your admissions
decision and your intent to enroll with be processed by Cal U Graduate Admissions.
In the Program Documents section you are asked to upload 3 clearances. This is in
accordance with the commonwealth of PA and Department of Education because our students
will be engaged in clinical/field experiences in the presence of minors.
If you have any questions about the program, feel free to contact the Program Director:
Dr. Kayla Shinew
If you have questions regarding your Admission to Cal U, please contact Graduate Admissions